Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Benefits: Includes medical and dental? retirement? and meals? may include housing
Date: Beginning July, 2021
Dunn School is seeking our next Director for our nationally acclaimed Learning Strategies Program. Since 1973, Dunn has integrated and supported college-bound students with learning disabilities in a mainstream college-prep environment. Our Learning Strategies Program serves bright, motivated students in grades 6-12 with a constructive, practical and inspiring program that maximizes each student's success. Students within the Learning Strategies Program enroll in the same college-preparatory classes as all other students.
The Learning Strategies Program also includes a class called “Executive Group.” Students in the Executive Group work closely with a Learning Specialist in a small group setting (5:1 maximum) to develop a growth mindset. This class is designed to teach and practice thinking skills linked to executive functions which include planning, organization, and time management, as well as work on active reading, writing and problem solving strategies.
In addition to the duties of the Director of Learning Strategies (see below), you will be responsible for working with students in one-to-one instruction and may also lead a section of the Executive Groups. As well, this position will include one season of coaching, student advising, and residential duty in our upper-school dormitories.
At Dunn School, teacher effectiveness and impact are measured and aligned to the Dunn School Characteristics of Professional Excellence (follow this link for more detail), The CPEs describe an educator who is committed to the following: Professional Growth, Collegiality/Community, Mission and Core Values, Student-Centered, Academic Excellence, Individualized Instruction.
Dunn School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks a diverse and broad spectrum of quali?ed candidates.
Roles and Responsibilities
Oversee the Learning Strategies Program of Dunn School
Please see Director of Learning Strategies detailed job description below
Teach 3-4 sections of Learning Strategies
LS student advisor (3-4 students)
Teach 1-2 Wednesday afternoon enrichment classes
Coach 1 season of after-school athletics or activities
Residential duty in the dormitories, if living on campus (2-3 nights/month Sunday-Thursday)
Weekend duty, if living on campus (approximately five weekend duty shifts and five Friday night duty shifts)
Participation in the Dunn School Leadership Program
Other duties and roles to be determined
The ideal candidate for this position will have the following professional skills and characteristics
Demonstrated ability to lead others in an academic environment
Experience working with students who have learning differences in a 6th- through 12th-grade educational environment
MA degree in special education or a closely related field
Growth mindset, flexibility, comfort with quick pace of change and openness to collaboration and experimentation
A breadth of knowledge of high-school curricula
Superior writing, communication and organization skills
Demonstrated ability to integrate technology in content delivery/skill development
Demonstrable commitment to professional growth, openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning of practice as well as subject area
A sense of humor, a commitment to teaching the whole student, and a desire to help guide adolescents in their journey from childhood to young adulthood
About Dunn School
Dunn School is a private boarding and day school located in the Santa Ynez Valley of California’s beautiful Central Coast. Dunn School is ideally suited for a candidate who seeks to offer a positive contribution to a residential educational community and build meaningful relationships with students and staff.
The mission of Dunn School is to educate the whole student to his or her fullest potential in preparation for a life of learning and responsible leadership in society. To accomplish our mission, we as students, teachers, staff, parents, trustees, and friends are committed to understanding and living by five core values: Emotional Wellness, Physical Readiness, Intellectual Growth, Social Responsibility, and Moral Courage.